Cannery Row in Monterey, California, is considered the most popular vacation destination on the California's Central Coast. This historic waterfront district on Monterey Bay was made famous by Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck's book, appropriately titled, Cannery Row. Today's Cannery Row is occupied by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, delicious authentic restaurants, hotels, shops, local artists' galleries and wine tasting rooms, all stretching along the historic streets and waterfront. Visitors can scuba dive, kayak, or bike ride along the coast for outdoor adventures, while others can indulge their senses with fresh seafood and wine tastings.
Cannery Row is an endless playground where one can feed sea otters, collect shells, play black light mini-golf or just look at the magnificent scenery. Dining on Cannery Row is a seafood lover's dream. From tasty & inexpensive to fine gourmet Monterey restaurants, the one thing you can count on is fresh-caught Monterey seafood. The row offers popular favorites like Bubba Gump Shrimp Factory, to authentic Monterey restaurants such as the Sardine Factory. Some other popular eateries include, Schooners Bistro on the Bay and The Duck Club Grill, plus about 25 other restaurants, cafes and wine tasting rooms. Here on Cannery Row, you really can have it all.
Monterey Hotels near the Monterey Bay Aquarium & Cannery Row -
When you visit Monterey, California, Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, are the hot spots in town. There are enough activities to keep families, couples and friends on the go for days. From oceanfront dining, to shopping, live music and one of America's most captivating aquariums, there is plenty to do for all ages year round and on any budget.
Monterey Bay Aquarium -
Get under water adventures without even leaving dry land here at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Dedicated to marine research and conservation, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is known for their larger than life exhibits, awe-inspiring kelp forest habitats, and countless sea creatures, representing 623 separate named species on display like sea otters, free floating jellies, sharks, sea turtles, and seahorses. The aquarium receives a high circulation of fresh ocean water which is pumped through pipes continuously from the Monterey Bay. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is also one of the very few aquariums in the world to exhibit both bluefin and yellowfin tuna. Among the aquarium's numerous exhibits, two must see favorites include The Open Sea Exhibit showcasing life in the open ocean, and the Giant Kelp Forest, an underwater forest making it the tallest aquarium exhibit in the world.